UNIT 1.8 Searching WormBase for Information about Caenorhabditis elegans
Published Online: 1 JUL 2006
Copyright © 2006 by John Wiley and Sons, Inc.
Lab Protocol Title
Current Protocols in Bioinformatics
How to Cite
Schwarz, E. M. and Sternberg, P. W. 2006. Searching WormBase for Information about Caenorhabditis elegans. Current Protocols in Bioinformatics. 14:1.8:1.8.1–1.8.43.
- Published Online: 1 JUL 2006
- Published Print: JUN 2006
WormBase is the major public biological database for the nematode Caenorhabditis elegans. It is meant to be useful to any biologist who wants to use C. elegans, whatever his or her specialty. WormBase contains information about the genomic sequence of C. elegans, its genes and their products, and its higher-level traits such as gene expression patterns and neuronal connectivity. WormBase also contains genomic sequences and gene structures of C. briggsae and C. remanei, two closely related worms. These data are interconnected, so that a search beginning with one object (such as a gene) can be directed to related objects of a different type (e.g., the DNA sequence of the gene or the cells in which the gene is active). One can also perform searches for complex data sets. The WormBase developers group actively invites suggestions for improvements from the database users. WormBase's source code and underlying database are freely available for local installation and modification.
- Caenorhabditis elegans;
- genomic annotation;
- gene expression pattern;
- neuronal connectivity